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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Low-Cost Startups by Gail Margolies Reid

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Home Child Care—Infant to Pre-K

Estimated startup costs: $1,000
Estimated first-year revenue: $30,000-$40,000
In-home child care is providing for the care and well-being of small children, from infancy through the pre-kindergarten stage. Daycare hours are Monday through Friday, usually 7 A.M. to 6 P.M., with most children spending 10 hours each day. Since there is only some regulation for home facilities that have five or less children in most states (your own child counts in this equation), the programs offered by an in-home provider will vary. Some people provide a safe and clean environment, with meals, snacks, and diaper-changing included. Other daycare owners, especially the numerous ones founded by former educators, will offer an age-appropriate ...

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